Thumbs up for ID card / Criminal record check trial – Home Office

Posted October 3rd, 2007 in criminal records, identity cards, press releases by sally

“Plans for a new service using ID cards to help make Criminal Records checks faster and more robust have been given a resounding thumbs-up by volunteers in a trial of the new process.”

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Home Office press release, 1st October 2007

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Means testing in the magistrates’ courts: post implementation review – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 3rd, 2007 in magistrates, press releases by sally

“Means testing in the magistrates’ courts was introduced on time and on budget and remains on course to deliver its projected annual savings of £35 million.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 2nd October 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Vos lays out Vision for Future of Justice – Bar Council

Posted October 2nd, 2007 in barristers, fees, legal services, press releases by sally

“Chairman of the Bar Council, Geoffrey Vos QC will today outline his vision for the future of justice, calling for the Bar to work alongside Government as part of the public service system.”

Press release

Bar Council, 2nd October 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

New law outlaws incitement of religious hatred – Home Office

Posted October 2nd, 2007 in incitement, press releases, racism, religious discrimination by sally

“The Racial and Religious Hatred Act comes into effect today, forbidding threats and other intimidating statements intended to stir up hatred against people because of their religious beliefs.”

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Home Office, 1st October 2007

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Public guardian starts work on protecting vulnerable people – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 1st, 2007 in Court of Protection, mental health, powers of attorney, press releases by sally

“A new organisation looking after the interests of some of the most vulnerable people in society starts work on Monday 1 October. The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), introduced under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, will provide legal protection for thousands of people lacking the mental capacity to make decisions themselves.”

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Ministry of Justice, 28th September 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

New powers to stop gun and knife violence – Home Office

Posted September 28th, 2007 in firearms, news, offensive weapons, press releases by sally

“A range of tough new powers to fight gun and knife crime take effect this week.”

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Home Office press release, 27th September 2007

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Vos calls for greater access to the profession – Bar Council

Posted September 25th, 2007 in barristers, press releases by sally

“Chairman of the Bar Council, Geoffrey Vos QC has called for greater access to the Bar and has encouraged politicians to continue to recognise the importance of social mobility.”

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Bar Council, 24th September 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Standards Board ups pay-outs for consumers whose complaints about barristers are upheld – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 25th, 2007 in barristers, compensation, press releases by sally

“Consumers can now get us much as £15,000 in compensation if their barrister lets them down. The increase in the compensation limit for ‘inadequate professional services’, up from £5,000, was approved by the independent Bar Standards Board at its meeting yesterday.”

Press release

Bar Standards Board, 24th September 2007

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Drive to ensure safer roads – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 24th, 2007 in press releases, road traffic offences by sally

“Bad driving is an area of particular concern to the public and today’s provisions in the Road Safety Act 2006 tighten up legislation and ensure offenders do not escape justice.”

Press release

Ministry of Justice, 24th September 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

BSB voices doubts over government’s plans for quality assurance in criminal defence work – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 24th, 2007 in barristers, press releases by sally

“The Bar Standards Board, which regulates 14,000 barristers in England and Wales, has expressed its reservations about plans to introduce a quality assurance scheme for criminal defence work.”

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Bar Standards Board, 20th September 2007

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

CPS announces changes in policy on bad driving and publishes summary of responses to consultation – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 7th, 2007 in dangerous driving, homicide, press releases, victims by sally

“The Crown Prosecution Service received one of its widest responses from the public when it asked for comments on prosecuting bad driving. The responses to the consultation will result in changes to CPS policy on how driving offences are charged and prosecuted and also the service it offers to victims and witnesses. A summary of the responses is published today on this website.”

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Crown Prosecution Service press release, 6th September 2007

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

New Criminal Bar Chairman calls for Review of the Treatment of Young People in the Criminal Justice System – Bar Council

Posted September 3rd, 2007 in children, courts, criminal justice, press releases by sally

“Sally O’Neill QC, who starts work as Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association today, has called for a wide-ranging review of the treatment of young people caught up in the criminal justice system.”

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Bar Council press release, 3rd September 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

HIPS – OFT advises estate agents on their obligations – OFT

Posted July 31st, 2007 in estate agents, home information packs, press releases by sally

“The OFT has today advised all estate agents in England and Wales that a failure to comply with the new Home Information Packs (HIPs) regulations could result in a ban from estate agency work.”

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OFT press release, 31st July 2007

Source: www.oft.gov.uk

OFT launches test case on unauthorised overdraft charges – Government News Network

Posted July 27th, 2007 in banking, press releases by sally

“The OFT will tomorrow commence proceedings in the High Court for a declaration on the application of the law in respect of unauthorised overdraft charges.”

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Office of Fair Trading press release, 26th July 2007

Source: www.gnn.gov.uk

Huge boost for women and carers as Pensions Act 2007 becomes law – Wired-GOV

Posted July 27th, 2007 in pensions, press releases by sally

“Women and carers received a huge boost today thanks to the reforms to the state pension system in the Pensions Act 2007, which has received Royal Assent.”

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Department for Work and Pensions press release, 26th July 2007

Source: www.wired-gov.net

Definitive Sentencing Guidelines Revised 2007: Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea – Sentencing Guidelines Council

Posted July 23rd, 2007 in press releases, sentencing by sally

“Following a review of its own guideline on reduction in sentence for a guilty plea, the Sentencing Guidelines Council has recommended a change to the application of the principle when the evidence against offenders is overwhelming.”

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Sentencing Guidelines Council press release, 20th July 2007

Source: www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk

Related link: Reduction in sentence for a guilty plea (PDF)

New cremation regulations to prevent another Shipman – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 16th, 2007 in burials and cremation, press releases by sally

“Bereaved families will have the right to inspect the medical forms of a deceased family member before cremation, under new proposals published today. The proposals are designed to help stop a repeat of the murders by Harold Shipman.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 16th July 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Housing: encouraging responsible letting – Law Commission

Posted July 13th, 2007 in housing, press releases by sally

“On 12 July we published a consultation paper dealing with issues of how to promote responsible behaviour by landlords, and control anti-social behaviour by tenants in the private sector.”

Housing: encouraging responsible letting 

Law Commission, 12th July 2007

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

FSMA reform – Parliament approves regulatory reform of financial services – HM Treasury

Posted July 13th, 2007 in financial regulation, press releases by sally

“The Government today announced the successful passage through Parliament of the Regulatory Reform (Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) Order 2007. The Order will reduce a number of burdens currently placed on the FSA and business.”

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HM Treasury, 12th july 2007

Source: www.hm-treasury.gov.uk

Bar to consult on court dress – The Bar Council

Posted July 12th, 2007 in barristers, court dress, press releases by michael

“Following today’s announcement by the Lord Chief Justice regarding reforms to what judges wear in court, the Bar Council has announced that it plans to consult its members before the end of July to seek their views on the Lord Chief Justice’s announcement and Court dress generally.”

Press release

Bar Council, 12th July 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk